Birla Carbon launches solutions for automotive lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 13 Sep 2021

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Birla Carbon, one of the leading carbon black manufacturers globally, has announced its entry into the energy systems market with its participation at The Battery Show 2021 to be held in Novi, Michigan from September 14-16, 2021.

The company will showcase a portfolio of conductive carbon solutions with its  ‘Conductex I’ and ‘Conductex e’ series of products at the show, along with its forthcoming array of carbon solutions for the battery industry.

Birla Carbon says its new portfolio of conductive carbons is designed for the lithium-ion and lead-acid battery markets enabling customisation in formulation and performance in a variety of segments, including automotive, telecoms, motive power, energy storage systems, and electric bikes. These products will leverage Birla Carbon’s Ultra process to ensure the highest levels of purity and conductivity, enabling increased charge acceptance, particularly under partial state-of-charge operation.

According to the firm, as auto manufacturers strive to meet more stringent CO2 emission requirements, the demand for higher performance lead-acid batteries is growing, particularly for start-stop or micro-hybrid vehicles. These high-performance batteries can unlock 5-15 percent energy savings enabled by highly engineered conductive carbon additives such as Conductex e carbon black.

John Davidson, chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Birla Carbon said, “Birla Carbon’s focus on the customer and understanding their evolving needs has led to the development of a new offering for the battery market. The development of the portfolio of conductive carbons tailored specifically for the battery market demonstrates the commitment to the growth of Birla Carbon in the rapidly expanding energy storage arena. This is the first example of many high-performance products in our pipeline. It is an exciting time for our customers and for Birla Carbon, as we continue this journey together towards cleaner energy.”

Dr. Ann Schoeb, chief R&D Officer and Business Head, Energy Systems, Birla Carbon said, “As we deepen our focus on innovation and an innovation-driven culture, Birla Carbon has achieved remarkable success in enhancing the contribution of carbons to advanced battery applications. The Conductex e product portfolio demonstrates Birla Carbon’s commitment to the energy storage market and is the first of many new developments that are being launched into the battery application segment."

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